1972 2000 tii touring
1972 BMW 2000 tii touring #3422489
January 12, 1972
Colorado (originally Golf)
Bill Williams (since 2005)
The 2002 touring was not imported to the US by BMW, but the model has genuine cult-car status among enthusiasts.
In 2001, four days after the September 11 attacks, Bill Williams and his oldest son, Nathan, drove to New York to help restore communications in Manhattan. When Nathan then enlisted in the US Army and deployed to Iraq, Williams bought this 2000 tii touring as “a move to stay sane through Nathan’s deployment.”
Williams picked up the car in June 2005 with his younger son, Evan, and drove it all summer while assessing its needs. Eventually, Williams started a complete restoration, handling much of the work himself along with his sons.
The car’s original Golf paint clashed with the Dakar yellow worn by their other BMW, so Williams asked Nathan to select a more compatible shade. “He chose Colorado because it was closest to the sands of Iraq,” Williams says.
The restoration, completed in 2006, was a labor of love for Bill Williams and his two sons. Nathan’s service in Iraq inspired its purchase, as well as its Colorado paint. Although Nathan returned home safely from Iraq in 2006, his brother Evan was killed in a random shooting in 2014. He was 28 years old.
“He was the greatest kid,” Williams says. “A great son.”